Brown University School of Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Sc.B. in Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering is a dynamic and growing field that applies engineering principles to the fields of biology and medicine. Biomedical engineers design new drugs; genetically engineered organisms; medical implants; and medical instruments. They also use their understanding of biology to re-invent man-made materials and products.

The biomedical engineering curriculum at Brown prepares students for careers in biomedical engineering and biotechnology, as well as careers in diverse areas such as medicine, law, business, and health care delivery. BME students master the fundamentals of both the physical sciences and life sciences, and learn to apply these principles to a broad spectrum of problems in biomedical engineering.

The biomedical engineering program is administered jointly by the Division of Biology and Medicine and the School of Engineering under the umbrella of the Center for Biomedical Engineering. Students have access to the programs and facilities of both departments as well as Brown's affiliated hospitals. This structure makes biomedical engineering a unique program at Brown, and enables students to participate in a range of exciting interdisciplinary research projects.

The concentration has the following general structure:

  • The interdisciplinary core program for biomedical engineering, taken in the first four semesters. The BME core shares much of the content of the other engineering programs, but includes additional courses in biology and chemistry, and has a different focus in mathematics.
  • Four required upper-engineering courses;
  • Three biomedical engineering electives;
  • A capstone design course;
  • Four approved courses in the humanities and social sciences.

Additional information

Sample course plan (for requirements see the University Bulletin)

I ENGN 0030 or ENGN 0031 Introduction to Engineering or Honors Introduction to Engineering
MATH 0190 AP Calculus (Physics/Engineering)
CHEM 0330 Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure
Elective †  
II ENGN 0040 Dynamics and Vibrations
MATH 0200 Intermediate Calculus (Physics/Engineering)
BIOL 0200* The Foundation of Living Systems
III APMA 0330 Methods of Applied Mathematics I
BIOL 0800 Principles of Physiology
ENGN 0510 Electricity and Magnetism
IV ENGN 0720 Thermodynamics
CHEM 0350 Organic Chemistry
APMA 0650 Essential Statistics
V ENGN 0810 Fluid Mechanics
ENGN 1490 Biomaterials
ENGN 1230 Instrumentation Design
VI ENGN 1110 Transport and Biotransport Processes
Biomedical Engineering Elective #1 (3 of 12 listed courses)
VII ENGN 1930L Biomedical Engineering Design I
ENGN 1210 Biomechanics
Biomedical Engineering Elective #2 (3 of 12 listed courses)
VIII Biomedical Engineering Elective #3 (3 of 12 listed courses)
ENGN 1931L Biomedical Engineering Design II
† A minimum of four electives must be in the humanities and social sciences.

If BIOL 0200 is counted, a statistics module must be completed in ENGN 1930L or other courses.